MARK YALE HARRIS


(b 1937, American)


 


Mark Harris is a stone sculptor, whose works are in the line of the early Modernism of Brancusi and Arp. While his figures depict natural subjects, mainly wildlife, his style abstracts to a geometric formalism. Being of stone and based in nature, Harris’ sculptures resonate with ecological themes and a love of the great outdoors.


Harris first realized his true passion in the Southwest. Stone carving became his life’s work, as Santa Fe became his home in the late 1990s. With much to learn, Harris chose a mentor whom he had long admired to assist him with honing his burgeoning artistic skills – sculptor Bill Prokopiof (Aleut, 1944-1999). In the spirit of the nation’s most recognized Native American artist, Allan Houser (Chiricahua Apache, 1915-1994), Prokopiof and sculptor Doug Hyde (Nez Perce) took Harris under their wings and generously shared their immense knowledge, talent, and vision. It should be remembered here that the multi-million dollar sculptures of Brancusi and Arp were, themselves, highly influenced by native arts from around the world.


Prior to developing as an artist, Harris had spent many years in the area of sustainable urban development (specifically real estate and hotels), a conventional career in which he was quite successful, but not fully satisfied. The transition into a wholly fulfilling trade was both challenging and exciting. The artistic passion that had existed just beneath the surface of Harris’s long-established business persona was finally emerging. He accessed the invaluable experience of his mentors, along with his own vision, to create an evolving body of work in alabaster, marble, limestone, and bronze, often combining different elements to bring forth contrasts of composition. Over the past fifteen years, Harris has continued to challenge himself as a sculptor, finding it important to continue learning through master workshops and teaching.


 


PHILANTHROPY


Fine Art for Children and Teens (FACT) in Santa Fe, New Mexico


 


BIBLIOGRAPHY


Mark Yale Harris: Figurative Abstractions in 2010 (ARTWORK International, Inc. Press)


Mark Yale Harris: Untamed, 2011 -- Acclaimed Artist Series (ibid)


Mark Yale Harris, A Retrospective 2006, 2013 (op cit.)


 


SOLO EXHIBITION


The Royal Academy of Art, London, U.K.


Marin MOCA, Novato, CA


National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming


Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA


The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh


Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, New Jersey


La Grange Art Museum, GA


National Sculpture Society


Roswell Museum of Art


Millicent Rodgers Museum, Taos, NM


The Wildlife Experience Museum


Peach Arch Park International


Museum of the Southwest


Holter Museum


Masur Museum


Las Cruces Museum of Art


Chesterwood Museum


Palm Springs Art Museum


Austin Museum of Art


Open Air Museum - Ube, Japan


Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art - Biloxi, Mississippi


Polk Museum of Art - Lakeland, Florida


The Village Green Sculpture Park - Cashiers, North Carolina


 


SELECTED COLLECTIONS


Hilton Hotels


Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, Georgia


Rock Resorts: La Posada Hotel - Santa Fe, New Mexico


Herman Memorial Hospital - Houston, Texas


State of New Mexico - Ruidoso, New Mexico


Four Seasons Hotel - Chicago, Illinois


City of Roanoke Historic District - Roanoke, Virginia


 


CAREER


2011 Mark Yale Harris, Curator, National Sculpture Exhibition -


Carbondale, Colorado, Carbondale Council for the Arts and Humanities


Former Vice Chair National Sculpture Society


 


EDUCATION


2011 Studio Immersive, with visiting critics: David Humphrey and Charles Long, Anderson Ranch Arts Center - Snowmass Village, Colorado


2006 Building on Ideas: Looking for Source, intensive workshop with Terry Allen and Jo Harvey


Anderson Ranch Arts Center - Snowmass Village, Colorado


2000 Workshop in creative development with James Surls Anderson Ranch Arts Center - Snowmass Village, Colorado


1997-03 Marble/marble Institute of Colorado - Marble, Colorado


1996 Studied with Doug Hyde, Bill Prokopiof, James Surls, Lincoln Fox, and John Forno


1961 Ohio State University BBS


 



 


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2015 Art Palm Beach, Florida


2014 SOFA Chicago, Illinois


X Florence Biennale 2015 - Italy


Littleton Museum - Littleton, Colorado


Selected for KUNST 2014 - Berlin, Germany


The Figure Now, Fontbonne University - St. Louis, Missouri


32nd Annual Exhibition, Anderson Ranch Arts Center - Snowmass, Colorado


Julie Morgan Ballroom, Merchants Exchange Building - San Francisco, California (Hosts include: Harrison Ford, Jackie Chan, Edward Norton, Bo Dereck, Ralph Fiennes...)


Turquoise Ball, Millicent Rogers Museum - Taos, New Mexico


 


MEMBER


International Sculpture Center


New Mexico Sculptors Guild


Texas Society of Sculptors


Texas Fine Arts Association


Friends of Contemporary Art Santa Fe


Austin Visual Artist’s Association


Society of Animal Artists